A few weeks ago I uncovered a half-finished kumihimo bracelet at the back of one of my bead drawers. I felt a combination of horror and joy at seeing that rope of tightly braided beads. The horror came from the realization that this was yet another unfinished project that I’d forgotten about. The joy came […]

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Quick and Easy Kumihimo Braiding with Beads

Maggie Thompson has been beading for many years but only recently learned kumihimo. This technique combines the ancient Japanese art of braiding with beadweaving. Although kumihimo looks difficult, it’s actually fairly easy to learn. Maggie shares her kumihimo journey with us, including the inspiration for her fabulous new Kumihimo 3 Ways project. Falling in Love […]

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Kumihimo braiding is one of the most lovely and versatile types of jewelry making, and it’s taken the beading community by storm in recent years! This Japanese braid-making art implements cords or ribbons—and, in some cases, colorful beads—to create beautiful, interlaced strands. You can use kumihimo to create gorgeous jewelry, home décor and more. To […]

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